No. 7 Buccaneers to face No. 2 Longwood in Big South tournament first round on Thursday

No. 7 Buccaneers to face No. 2 Longwood in Big South tournament first round on Thursday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – The Charleston Southern softball team earned the seventh seed in the 2014 Big South Softball Championships by Musco Sports Lighting as the conference tournament field was announced on Sunday evening. The championship will be hosted by Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., beginning on Thursday, May 8.

The No. 7 Buccaneers will take on No. 2 Longwood in first round action on Thursday afternoon with a projected start time set for 5 p.m. between CSU and the Lancers.

Longwood took both games of the series against the Buccaneers earlier this season at the CSU Softball Field, coming from behind to take the series opening 6-5 victory, while defeating the Bucs 7-2 in the nightcap of the opening doubleheader. The third game of the series was not played due to rain.

Coastal Carolina posted the most Conference wins in Big South history and a 20-4 record to win its eighth overall Big South regular-season softball championship and the No. 1 seed at the tournament.

Longwood came in at the No. 2 seed as it finished the season with a 17-6 mark in Conference play.  Radford claims the No. 3 seed with a 14-10 Big South record, while Campbell earns the No. 4 spot with a League mark of 13-10. Winthrop finished Big South play at 12-12 and is the No. 5 seed.  Presbyterian College finished its Conference campaign with a record of 10-13 to finish sixth and Charleston Southern is the seven seed following 9-13 finish.  Gardner-Webb's 6-17 record was good for the No. 8 seed, while Liberty rounds out the field in the No. 9 spot with a 4-20 Conference mark.

The 2014 Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting begins Thursday, May 8 with five games scheduled and concludes with a "winner-take-all" Championship contest on Sunday, May 11 at 12:00pm.  All games May 8-9 will be carried on the Big South Network.  ESPN3 will air 2-4 games on Saturday, May 10, with ESPNU televising Sunday's Championship game live at 12:00pm.  The Big South's champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Softball Championship.  In-game statistics will be available on www.BigSouthSports.com and www.goccusports.com.

The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 8

Game 1: No. 8 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 9 Liberty, 9:00am (single elimination)
Game 2: No. 4 Campbell vs. No. 5 Winthrop, 12:00pm
Game 3: No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. GWU/LU, 2:30pm
Game 4: No. 2 Longwood vs. No. 7 Charleston Southern, 5:00pm
Game 5: No. 3 Radford vs. No. 6 Presbyterian College, 7:30pm

Friday, May 9
Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 9:00am
Game 7: Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5, 11:30am
Game 8: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 2:00pm
Game 9: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 4:30pm 
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 7:00pm 
Game 11: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 9, 9:30pm

Saturday, May 10
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 12:00am (TV: ESPN3)
Game 13: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 11, 2:30pm (TV: ESPN3)
Game 14: if necessary, 5:00pm ** (TV: ESPN3)
Game 15: if necessary, 7:30pm ** (TV: ESPN3)

Sunday, May 11
Championship Game:  TBA vs. TBA, 12:00pm (TV: ESPNU)

Schedule subject to change.

** - Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 defeats the winner of Game 9.  Game 15 will be necessary if the winner of Game 11 defeats the winner of Game 8.  If both games are played, they will both be played on Saturday.

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